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January 7, 2000

Faculty spring conference is March 31-April 1

by Linda Charles
Faculty will consider their role in the information age during the faculty spring conference, to be held Friday and Saturday, March 31-April 1, at the Des Moines Area Community College Newton Conference Center.

The conference will provide selected faculty an opportunity to discuss the impact information technology has on scholarship and learning.

The conference will begin with a talk by Diana Oblinger, vice president for information and chief information officer for the 16-campus University of North Carolina system and a frequent conference speaker.

She is co-author of What Business Wants from Higher Educationand co-editor of The Learning Revolution, The Future Compatible Campusand Renewing Administration. Oblinger also has published several monographs and articles on higher education and technology.

President Martin Jischke will address conference participants following Friday night's dinner. Other presentations will be made by ISU leaders in information technology.

Faculty will break into discussion groups to develop recommendations for addressing the challenges and opportunities information technology presents for higher education.

"Faculty Roles in the Information Age: Challenges and Opportunities" is the seventh faculty conference and the first held in Newton. No conference was held last year, and the first six were held in Grinnell.

Registration information will be available in early February. Further information about the conference will be provided as the conference committee completes its plans.

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